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Faculty

Ellen Amster

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Department of Religious Studies | Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine

Associate Members
Department of Anthropology

Members
Institute on Globalization & the Human Condition

Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Ellen Badone

Professor and Chair of Graduate Affairs, Religious Studies

Faculty
Department of Anthropology

Members
Institute on Globalization & the Human Condition

Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Anthropology of Death Care and disability Critical Disability Studies Health and Well Being Medical Anthropology Mental Health Religion and Culture Religion and the Social Sciences Social-Cultural Anthropology Sport Traditional Medicine Practices Western Field

James A. Benn

Professor | Director, McMaster University Centre for Buddhist Studies

Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Asian Field Buddhism East Asian Religions

Philippa Carter

Teaching Professor, Chair of Undergraduate Affairs

Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Religion and Culture Religious Studies

Shayne Clarke

Associate Professor

Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Asian Field Buddhism East Asian Religions

Dana Hollander

Associate Professor | Member, MA Program in Cultural Studies & Critical Theory | Associate Member, Department of Philosophy

Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Judaism Religion and Politics Theory Western Field Western Religious Thought

Travis Kroeker

Professor

Members
Institute on Globalization & the Human Condition

Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Ethics Religion and Politics Western Field Western Religious Thought

Daniel Machiela

Associate Professor | Chair of the Department of Religious Studies

Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Biblical Field Early Judaism

Zdravko Planinc

Associate Professor

Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Ethics Literary Interpretation Political Philosophy Religion and Culture Religion and Politics Western Field

Celia E. Rothenberg

Associate Professor

Associate Members
Department of Anthropology

Members
Institute on Globalization & the Human Condition

Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Religion and the Social Sciences Western Field

Mark Rowe

Associate Professor and Acting Chair of Graduate Affairs, Religious Studies

Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Asian Field Buddhism East Asian Religions Religious Studies

Liyakat Takim

Professor | Sharjah Chair in Global Islam

Members
Institute on Globalization & the Human Condition

Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Religion and Politics Religion and the Social Sciences Western Field Western Religious Thought

Hanna Tervanotko

Assistant Professor

Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Biblical Field Early Judaism Gender

Matthew Thiessen

Associate Professor

Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Biblical Field Early Christianity Early Judaism

Contract and Sessional Faculty

Abdelhalim Elamroussy

Contract and Sessional Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Christopher Emms

Contract and Sessional Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Asian Field Buddhism

Robert Jones

Ph.D. Student, Biblical Field

Contract and Sessional Faculty, PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Biblical Field Early Judaism

Nick Meyer

Contract and Sessional Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Sherry Smith

Contract and Sessional Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

John VanMaaren

Contract and Sessional Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Biblical Field Early Christianity Early Judaism Race and Ethnicity

Adjunct Faculty

Anders Runesson

Professor of New Testament, University of Oslo

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Biblical Field Early Christianity Early Judaism

Emeritus Faculty

Alan Mendelson

Emeritus Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Eileen Schuller

Professor Emeritus | Senator William McMaster Chair in the Study of Religion

Emeritus Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Biblical Field Early Judaism

Stephen Westerholm

Emeritus Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Biblical Field Early Christianity

Paul Younger

Emeritus Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Retired Faculty

Peter Widdicombe

Associate Professor

Retired Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Biblical Field Early Christianity Western Field Western Religious Thought

PhD Students

Gerjan Altenburg

Ph.D. Student, Asian Field

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Asian Field Buddhism

Paul Arnold

Ph.D. Student, Western Field

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Ruifeng Chen

Ph.D. Student, Asian Field

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Asian Field Buddhism

Jeremy Cohen

Ph.D. Student, Western Field

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Anthropology of Death Religion and the Social Sciences Western Field

Anne Crosby

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Hasan Doagoo

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Western Field Western Religious Thought

Patrick Edwards

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Gerald Ens

Ph.D. Student, Western Field

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Western Field Western Religious Thought

Marcus Evans

Ph.D. Student, Asian Field

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Asian Field East Asian Religions

Katharine Fitzgerald

Ph.D. Student, Biblical Field

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Biblical Field Early Christianity Early Judaism

Channah Fonseca-Quezada

Ph.D. student, Biblical Field

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Biblical Field Early Judaism

Michael Gabizon

Ph.D. Student, Biblical Field

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Biblical Field Early Judaism

Robert Jones

Ph.D. Student, Biblical Field

Contract and Sessional Faculty, PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Biblical Field Early Judaism

Maxwell Kennel

Ph.D. Student, Western Field

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Zacharie Klassen

Ph.D. Student, Western Field

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Western Field Western Religious Thought

Marc Lagace

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Hanull (Matthew) Lee

Ph.D. Student, Western Field

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Western Field Western Religious Thought

Lan Li

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Asian Field Buddhism

Rachel Matheson

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Mark Novak

Ph.D. student, Western Field

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Irene Quach Soquier

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Biblical Field Early Christianity Early Judaism

Martin Runesson Sanfridson

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Biblical Field Biblical Early Christianity Early Judaism

Rahim Samnani

Ph.D. Student, Western Field

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Early Christianity Religious Studies Western Religious Thought

Kyle Schofield

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

David Nathan Smith

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

MA Students

Jonas Brandt

MA Students
Department of Religious Studies

Manvinder Gill

MA Students
Department of Religious Studies

Sophia Kooy

MA Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Western Religious Thought

Jessy-Lee Lacher

MA Students
Department of Religious Studies

Alexandra Loop

MA Students
Department of Religious Studies

Myles MacPherson

MA Students
Department of Religious Studies

Sam Martens

MA Students
Department of Religious Studies

Vanessa Moonilal

MA Students
Department of Religious Studies

Anna Phipps-Burton

MA Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Asian Field East Asian Religions

Braden Siemens

MA Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Western Field Western Religious Thought

Grant Sutherland

M.A. Student, Western Field

MA Students
Department of Religious Studies

Syeda Taban

MA Students
Department of Religious Studies

Rory Tasker

MA Students
Department of Religious Studies

Kira Thibaudeau

M.A. student, Asian Field

MA Students
Department of Religious Studies

Staff

Sheryl Dick

Administrator

Staff
Department of Religious Studies

Doreen Drew

Administrative Assistant - Graduate Program

Staff
Department of Religious Studies

Jennifer Nettleton

Administrative Assistant - Undergraduate Program

Staff
Department of Religious Studies

Postdoctoral Fellows

Shayne A. P. Dahl

Postdoctoral Fellows
Department of Religious Studies

Jeffrey Kotyk

Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellows
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Asian Field